Helping Our Employees Thrive
Discovery’s commitment to its core mission of bringing the highest quality content, services and products to consumers everywhere begins with the company’s workforce. With a global community that spans five continents and over 4,000 employees, Discovery strives to attract and retain the best people in the world by being an employer of choice with a full range of programs designed to encourage a healthy work-life balance and an open and inclusive workplace. From flexible work arrangements, to on-site health, wellness and daycare services, to mentoring and leadership development programs, Discovery recognizes that supporting a thriving employee base is key to our success.
To learn more about Discovery’s global work-life benefits programs, visit our Careers website.
Some examples of Discovery’s at-work benefits include:
Discovery Kids Place and Crikey Cove
In August 2008, Discovery Communications, along with Bright Horizons Family Solutions, opened Discovery Kids Place and Crikey Cove, a state-of-the-art, green child care center with a one-of-a-kind playground. Located at the global headquarters of Discovery, the center is dedicated to Steve Irwin, wildlife conservationist and member of the Discovery family. Continuing Discovery’s commitment to living and working green, the child care center is eco-friendly in its design and operations, including the use of recyclable materials in children’s art materials and bio-degradable paper goods made from sugar cane fiber. Children learn about the environment and protecting the planet through a green curriculum that is part of the center programming.
Recognizing that not every child has a safe place to learn and play, in December 2008, Discovery and Bright Horizons opened the Montgomery County, Md. Bright Space – a dedicated playroom for at-risk children in a newly renovated space at the Silver Spring, Md.-based Families Foremost Center. The child-friendly space was designed to meet the needs of the children and families at the Montgomery County community center. As with the creation of Discovery Kids Place, construction expertise of the Bright Space was provided by Clark Construction and architectural planning was provided by Gensler.
The health and wellness of Discovery’s workforce and their families is of utmost importance and the company takes a holistic and integrated approach to providing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health services, highlighted by a full-service, on-site Wellness and Health Center at the company’s world headquarters office in Silver Spring, Maryland, as well as its Miami and New York offices. All full- and part-time Discovery employees and their dependents (over age 14 on the Discovery health care plan) may take advantage of the center services at no charge. The center offers full primary care medical services including urgent and preventive care and behavioral health and nutritional counseling. Care is provided by a certified registered nurse practitioner from Discovery’s long-time partner Take Care Health Systems (formerly Whole Health Management).
Employee Resource Groups
Discovery Communications' commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace is also furthered by the work of several Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Created by employees, the ERGs are organized around a common dimension of diversity. Click on the logos below to learn more:
Discovery Points of View
Discovery Points of View is Discovery's corporate global diversity strategy that steers the corporation in establishing a visible commitment to diversity. It guides our business strategies, our corporate behavior and each other in a manner that maximizes contribution to the bottom line.
Discovery Veterans Group
The Veterans Group serves as Discovery's connection to the U.S. military community through outreach programs and recruitment initiatives. A presence in the military community strengthens Discovery's position as an inclusive, progressive media company, and provide internal Veterans with professional networking opportunities.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Network contributes to the productivity and profitability of Discovery Communications by representing and providing insight to the unique needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees, consumers, and business partners.
Generation Discovery (Gen D) is dedicated to the professional and personal growth of the young professionals of Discovery Communications. Gen D facilitates the development of meaningful relationships between DCI employees, while also providing insightful opportunities to learn more about career-enhancement, through participation in career-focused events, as well as intellectual discourse between peers.
Women's Leadership Network
The WLN fosters strong association among the women of Discovery and their peers, to provide resources for leadership and professional development, and to act as a catalyst for high-performance execution both at an individual level and company-wide.
The Multicultural Alliance's mission is to assist in making Discovery Communications a preferred employer of choice for ethnically diverse employees by fostering and encouraging an inclusive environment which promotes professional development and growth through education, empowerment and networking.